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Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he's always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor's degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


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    Valleywx.com: Update on Timing & Intensity for Approaching Storms

    One of the biggest challenges in severe weather forecasting is coming up with the timing and intensity of storms a day away. Right now a tornado watch is up for Arkansas and southern Missouri. Today is likely to be very active for the Mississippi Valley as much of that area is under a moderate risk for severe weather. This system is one that heads our way during the day on Friday. The models are coming together on the timing for […]

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    Vallexwx.com: Snow Flurries & A Freeze Warning

    I guess there is new meaning to the words, “spring forward.” How forward? Obviously past March 25th. What a day! Chilly temperatures, winds gusts over 30 mph, and light snow! Yes, light snow and flurries were reported all over the Tennessee Valley. It continues to come down for some around 2pm. I just took a call from the town of Lincoln, Tennessee. The gentleman said, “Ben, it was coming down nicely for a little bit.” Terry Duvall has a good […]

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    Valleywx.com: Colder Air Arrives Today

    I hope you enjoyed the stretch of warmer weather in the Tennessee Valley. Our streak of 70s ends today. We start this morning on the mild side. Most spots are in the lower to middle 60s. Look to the northwest. Springfield and St. Louis are in the upper 30s to lower 40s. That colder air heads our way this afternoon. We’ll be in the upper 40s by the ride home this evening with a gusty northwest wind. Just a few […]

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    Valleywx.com: The Latest on Severe Storms For This Evening

    The Tennessee Valley is on track for severe thunderstorms this evening into the overnight. Here is the midday update. The system is still developing to our west approaching noon. For the rest of today, isolated showers pop up out ahead of the main line. The moderate risk continues for northwest Alabama and a slight risk for the rest of the area. Red: Moderate Risk – Yellow: Slight Risk **It’s important to note the entire area has a chance of gusty […]

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    Valleywx.com: Timing of Thursday/Friday Storms

    One of many challenging tasks of forecasting weather is to nail down the timing of strong to severe thunderstorms. We are still looking at the potential for just that this Thursday and Friday. The GFS model shows a healthy line of strong to severe thunderstorms moving through Mississippi and northwest Alabama Thursday evening then crossing through the metro area overnight. The line stays healthy around midnight from Huntsville into southern middle Tennessee. The line weakens as it travels eastward from […]

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    Valleywx.com: Winter Weather Advisory In Effect Through 9am Tuesday

    Things change by the minute when forecasting snow. It’s a very difficult and complex task. This system is no different. So many variables come into play when dealing with timing and precipitation amounts. Just this morning, we went from a Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Weather Advisory. If we were expecting more snow or ice, then a Winter Storm Warning would be in effect. Technically a Winter Storm Warning is one level higher than a Winter Weather Advisory. Either […]

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    Live Blog: Saturday Snow

    We are watching a batch of light snow move across Mississippi into Alabama and Southern Middle Tennessee; we will update this live blog on Valleywx.com frequently as information comes in. If you have a snow report, highway report, wreck report, or picture of snow, we’d love to be able to share it with everyone else! Send pictures to photo@whnt.com – and connect with us on social media. If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #valleywx to show us what’s happening […]

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    Valleywx.com: Say Hello To Another Arctic Blast

    TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – Get ready for another surge of arctic air. Temperatures this morning are in the teens and lower 20s. Expect readings to be 10°-15° colder Friday morning! Here are your highs for today. Note: Temperatures max out just before noon before falling through the day. Combine that with a gusty northwest wind, wind chill factors will likely be in the single digits and teens this afternoon. Winds will gust over 25 mph at times today. Here is […]

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    Valleywx.com: One Mild Day – Chance of Flurries

    It’s a beautiful MLK Day in the Tennessee Valley. It’s perfect timing with several folks already off from work. Temperatures are already above the seasonal average of 52° just after 11am. We are well on our way to readings in the upper 50s to lower 60s this afternoon. Here is a look at Downtown Huntsville around 11:15am. Temperatures are pleasant. Enjoy this afternoon, because the bottom falls out tomorrow. A gusty northwest wind and readings likely holding in the 30s […]

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    Valleywx.com: Wednesday Morning Snow Photos

    Some of us woke up to light snow this morning, including areas of DeKalb County. Northern parts of the county got a dusting on the cars and grass. It was a pretty scene. Thank you for sending pictures! Remember you can send pictures anytime to photo@whnt.com. See more pictures and share yours at Valleywx.com.

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    Valleywx.com: Snow Chances Sunday Afternoon & Evening

    With plenty of cold air in place, several people wonder if any accumulating snow is in the forecast. It’s a possibility Sunday afternoon into Sunday night. Rain is likely Sunday with a brief change over to snow. Minor accumulations are possible and slick roads could be in an issue with falling temperatures. Read the latest discussion on our weather blog, Valleywx.com.

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    Valleywx.com: Much Colder Air Ahead

    It’s a wet start to your Thursday morning. Temperatures are in the 40s with light rain in the area. Today will be a little different. By the time you get home from work, temperatures will be much colder and you may encounter a few snow flurries. Don’t worry, no accumulation is expected. Much colder air arrives this afternoon into the overnight. We’ll go from 40s now, into the middle 30s this evening. The temperature turns much colder over the next […]

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